Girl Scout Cookies with Wine

They wait for you like panhandlers outside grocery stores during "cookie season".  Little girls dressed in green uniforms are pumped to sell you a box of tasty girl scout cookies in effort to earn prizes.  And unlike a panhandler begging for your money, who could say no to a group of girl scouts?  Not just because they're so cute with their sash full of badges, the cookies are also amazingly delicious.  "I'll take 5 boxes of the Caramel deLites® please!" I excitedly proclaim.  I too was once a girl scout and dreaded cookie season.  I had no problem raising my hand in class to read, or nominating myself to be team leader of anything, but when it came to the uncomfortable feeling of asking someone to buy something from me, I became an introvert.  Instead of excitedly approaching people entering the store I would tense up.  "You don't want any girl scout cookies do you sir?  No, I didn't think so.."  I was horrible at sells.  Luckily they were always kind and eventually I gained the confidence in both my product and myself to not be so shy about selling something.

Don't you wish they were selling wine with those cookies?  I don't know that we want 10 year olds serving wine, but I have first hand experience about how great the two can be together!  My favorite box of girl scout cookies are Caramel deLites®.  They are vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes.  And since girl scout cookies are such a rare treat, I grab a bottle of hard to find Vin Santo (VEEN-SAHN-toh) from Italy.  Vin Santo can be quite expensive because of both the ancient and laborious method of making it.  Grapes are hung from rafters to dry for a period of 3-6 months and then spend another 3-5 years in small sealed barrels before it ever reaches the market.  The wine is not as sweet as some dessert wines and has a creamy, honey-roasted flavor.  Vin Santo is a great wine with cookies.  After a bite of the cookie and then a sip of the wine, I immediately love how the creamy and honey roasted flavors in the wine play off the caramel and toasted coconut flavors found in the cookie.  The toasted coconut flavor springs forth as the creaminess of both the wine and cookie play nicely together.  I also like that the wine has just the right amount of sugar to match the sugar in the cookie and enough acidity to cleanse the palate.  Other wines to try with Caramel deLites® are Tawny Port, Malmsey Madiera, Late harvest Muscat wines, PX Sherry, Banyuls, sweet Riesling, Moscato d'Asti and demi-sec Champagne.